Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show has launched a new digital event to serve as a virtual meeting place for hundreds of agricultural companies and thousands of farmers.
With dozens of Ontario agricultural events cancelled into the fall of 2020, Canada’s Digital Farm Show will serve as a meeting place for farmers and the sector.
Why it matters: There are few traditional learning and networking events for farmers running this year due to COVID-19.
Canada’s Digital Farm Show will, in true outdoor farm show fashion, deliver interactive content from the field, giving participants a unique vantage point to see equipment and agricultural technology in a way they have not been able to before.
“Farming is essential to the world and learning about new farming innovation and technology is essential to farmers,” says Doug Wagner, president of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. “The cancellation of all these events due to the COVID-19 pandemic leaves a gap in farmers learning about the latest research, seeing new products in the market and hearing about what their peers have been up to on their farms. So, we’ve rolled up our sleeves to find a solution.”
Canada’s Digital Farm Show (owned by Glacier FarmMedia, also the parent company of Farmtario) will feature unique programming like crop plot tours, equipment demonstrations, dairy and livestock automation, an exhibitor showcase featuring hundreds of agricultural companies and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to live-chat with other farmers and representatives from participating companies, take advantage of show specials and gain entries to the Flip & Win with Farmtario contest, presented in partnership with Canada’s Digital Farm Show and New Holland.
A compelling element of the programming will be a digitally delivered Innovations Showcase series. The Showcase, now in its third year, provides an easy way for farmers to find the newest inventions and innovations in the market. In honour of the show going digital, a new category has been added this year for Digital Innovations.
The series will feature a number of sessions including a keynote speaker, and sessions to highlight the different participants from the five categories: Equipment Innovations, Livestock Innovations, Crop Innovations, Agri-business Service Innovations and the new category, Digital Innovations. As always, all of the products and services that will be featured must be truly innovative, be relevant to farmers and farm businesses, and be new within the last year.
Farm organizations and agricultural companies have been quick to jump on-board to participate in the Exhibitor Showcase, programming or as industry supporters. Some of these early participants include Bayer, Lely, Grober Nutrition, Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, Grain Farmers of Ontario, Dairy Farmers of Ontario and Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario.
Canada’s Digital Farm Show will run Sept. 15 – 18, 2020 and be free for farmers to participate.
Pre-register at outdoorfarmshow.com for a new Flip & Win with Farmtario bonus code.